The inspiration for the first segment of my Stylemart Fashion Show 2014 comes from nature, and I call it Gaia. Nature is down-to-earth in her simplicity, but intricate in her beauty. So is this collection with its exquisite and intricate thread (ghara) embroidery. It features different techniques from various regions of India, from Parsy to Kashmiri, mixed with matte gold and bronze sequences giving it the aura of agelessness as well as the oomph factor.
It is hard to overstate the exclusivity of this collection. The techniques used in the outfits are painstaking and time-consuming. There are only a handful of embroiders left who can work this magical level of intricacy on a single-thread (dhaga) embroidery, and I am proud to house a selection of such exclusive outfits. Naturally, these outfits tend to be expensive. They are like collectibles, like pieces of art that can be proudly passed from one generation to the next. There are machine-embroidered versions that look similar, but those with taste seek out the pure and authentic ones. As time goes by, this art from is doomed to disappear from the face of the earth along with these master craftsmen. So grab one now if you can afford it. It will become a proud heirloom in your family.
Before anything came the goddess Gaia, Mother Earth, who created herself out of the primordial chaos. From her fertile womb sprang all life, and unto her must all living things return. Gaia, as Mother Nature, personifies the entire ecosystem of Planet Earth. Mother Nature is always working to achieve and maintain harmony, wholeness and balance within the environment. Mother Nature heals, nurtures and supports all life on this planet. The way of Mother Gaia is passive, but her passivity belies the awesome strength and power of creation as well as destruction. When she smiles, it is all sunshine and joy. When clears her throat, we hear earthquakes and volcanoes. When she sniffs, we see hurricanes and tsunamis. We don’t want to make her angry! Here is my tribute the best qualities in women — motherly love and infinite patience.